Valuable Points On Training a Show Dog

Adam and Eve

Since the beginning of time, man has always been proud of the things around him. Even in the biblical account of Adam and Eve, it states that Eve looked at the fruit of the tree and saw that it was good and desirable to the eyes:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:6 NKJV

We see that even back in the beginning of our culture, people have been interested in things that were good, and aesthetically pleasing, including dogs. From small town livestock and pet shows to the huge shows Crufts, people have wanted their dogs to be seen in the hall of fame.

Show dogs come from all breeds and the object of the sport is to find the best bloodlines, training and dispositions. The aesthetic quality of some of these animals is truly amazing as is the diversity of trainers and the breeds that are shown.

Crufts is an annual show that has been going strong since 1891. It was started by Charles Cruft, a British traveling salesman. In 2024, over 19,000 dogs from around the world competed at the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2024 Best in Show final.

woman with dog
Melanie Raymond from Solihull, with Viking, an Australian Shepherd, who won the coveted title of Best in Show (Sunday 10.03.24), the fourth and final day of Crufts 2024.

Image: BeatMedia | The Kennel Club

With an entry list of so high a number, it is hard to imagine the effort that is needed to prepare the finalists. With all this fame and glory just waiting to be taken, how do we get our dogs in the act?

There are a few basic behaviors that are common amongst all dogs and these do not change with the show dog except for the fact that they are refined a bit more. Show dogs must be trained in running a circle, as well as an obstacle course, with their handler. They also must be taught correct postures for sitting, heeling, trotting and standing.

Depending upon the breed and class, the dog may also be asked to jump or overcome certain obstacles. Show dogs must also be very patient and relaxed as judges will be examining them very closely and the last thing you want is a dog that bites the judges. Your dog should be taught to be still and not fidget when being handled by the judges.

Another very important aspect of show dog training is socializing the animal to other dogs. These animals will be in the presence of possibly thousands of others animals. So it is important that your dog knows how to behave correctly to avoid disqualification due to aggressive behaviors.

On the day of the big show, be prepared for it and plan well ahead of time. A professional grooming before the show is essential and will be sure to add to your dog’s sleek lines. Also don’t forget those favorite treats and toys for after the show.

Pastor John
Pastor John

John E. Neyman, Jr. is a Pastor, an internet marketer, a counselor, and life coach.